Today there is a need for companies to demonstrate their responsibility for preserving the environment and biodiversity. Of equal importance is the struggle against global warming and addressing various social challenges.
When it comes to environmental management, the international standard ISO 14001:2015 allows companies to create the necessary conditions for achieving continuous improvement in their environmental performance. The main challenges are to reduce one’s carbon footprint as much as possible, avoid polluting the environment and preserve water resources.
As a responsible organization, SHIELD Scientific is committed to protecting the environment and adheres to all the relevant legislation. In this respect, SHIELD Scientific was certified to ISO 14001:2015 on June 23, 2020. In pursuit of our activities, we endeavour to minimise any adverse impact on the environment through pollution prevention and water conservation. By doing so, we achieve cost-savings and increased operational efficiency, thereby contributing to improvements in the quality of our neoprene, latex and nitrile disposable gloves and services generally. Ultimately, this leads to a safe environment for the community as a whole and a healthy workplace for our employees.
Our commitment is summarized in the following policies:
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) also plays an integral part of maintaining and improving our business. SHIELD Scientific’s ultimate objectives, as a socially responsible business, is to ensure sustainable growth that generates stable employment. All SHIELD Scientific directors and employees are required to perform their duties in a sincere and transparent manner with full respect for the spirit of this charter according to the following principles:
SHIELD Scientific also recognizes that societal awareness is important for supply chain sustainability. We have taken concrete action to ensure a respectful supply chain process that leads to increased productivity, as well as strong retention and engagement. Our main manufacturing site has been audited by Asia Inspection (audit firm appointed by its customer London Universities Purchasing Consortium “LUPC” in the UK) in 2019. Through the SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) Audit, LUPC UK has confirmed that the manufacturing site of SHIELD Scientific was “overall compliant to SMETA ETI code.” A summary of the social audit report is accessible from the news section of the LUPC website:
SHIELD Scientific’s commitment to finding solutions that address environmental concerns is not new. For many years, our ecoSHIELD™ range of latex and nitrile gloves have been designed to meet various ecological objectives in terms of environmentally friendly production methods, packaging, and printing. Specifically, these gloves offer the following:
As you can see, at SHIELD Scientific we attach particular importance to the impact of our business on the environment in which we live. Nevertheless, we are fully aware that the glove industry remains an important contributor of pollution and that innovation is needed to reduce the environmental impact of the production of disposable latex gloves and nitrile gloves.
As we all know, to limit the impact on the environment, there are three main drivers: “Reduce, reuse and recycle”.
There are now some solutions to limit the environmental impact when it comes to the disposal stage of gloves:
However, let us not deceive ourselves that these initiatives will address all our needs when it comes to limiting environmental impact.
First, these solutions are not applicable to all disposable latex and nitrile gloves because of the relevant regulations (European regulations in particular*) which currently encourage or even require the incineration of biologically or chemically contaminated gloves (which probably accounts for a large part of the disposable gloves used in laboratories and cleanrooms). It should also not be forgotten that it is the glove manufacturing cycle that has the greatest impact on the environment by emitting 30 to 50%** of the CO2 emitted during its life cycle. However, the fight against greenhouse gas emissions, and in particular CO2 is THE top priority to slow down global warming.
Using disposable gloves, whether latex or nitrile gloves, remains essential in medical, laboratory and research fields as well as in certain industries (pharmaceutical industry, semiconductor industry etc …). However, the prospects of a sharp increase in the global use of disposable gloves (15 to 20% per year according to the Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (MARGMA***), due particularly to the Covid-19 pandemic, does not bode well for the industry reducing its environmental impact.
At SHIELD Scientific we will therefore continue to be transparent about our actions, improve our manufacturing processes to mitigate their impact on the environment and we will continue to support and advise users of our products to encourage virtuous practices:
Should you have any questions or need any further information? Please, contact us.
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